Samuel Freeman is pleased to present BLINDSIGHT, an exhibition of new works by Jenene Nagy, Emilie Halpern, and Molly Larkey. Connected through a shared focus in dimensionality and physical presence, these three artists play to a viewer’s experience of space, light and geometric form through the intersection of drawing, painting and sculpture. Mirroring the surrounding gallery environment as well as their own forms, the works both shadow and overshadow perspectival constructions. In moving beyond a determined visual space these pieces nod to a historical hierarchy of visual perspective, while also turning the notion on its head.
BLINDSIGHT is an exhibition that questions established notions of constructed visual awareness. Coined in 1974 by the psychologist Elizabeth Warrington, the term ‘blindsight’ was used to describe a phenomenon where cortically blind individuals are conscious of things they cannot see. These individuals could sense shapes and images, even mirror emotions, despite not seeing them at all. Perspective, therefore, becomes a psychological experience.
The works of Jenene Nagy, Emilie Halpern, and Molly Larkey disrupt traditional forms of perspective that derive from a geometrical ordering of sight. A protruding triangle doubles as a supporting intersection. A gilded floor captures a moment in time. Folded paper is flattened, creating parallel shapes that nearly disappear within the shimmering texture of a million graphite marks. Multiplicity makes way for dimensionality when the flat planes of a line or a mark transition towards a wider realm of awareness.
“To be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainaty and mystery.” Rebecca Solnit states, “[…] one does not get lost but loses oneself, with the implication that it is a conscious choice, a chosen surrender, a psychic state achievable through geography.”1
1. Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost. London: Penguin Books, 2006. P6
REVIEWS & ESSAYS
- Travis Diehl, "Emilie Halpern," February 2014
- Maxwell Williams, "Emilie Halpern's Phosphorescent Rock Art," Artbound, December 20, 2013
- Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A. (catalog pg. 17), PIASA SA, 2015
- "Slow View: Molly Larkey," CARLA Issue #2, Fall 2015
- Avantika Bawa, "An Interview with Jenene Nagy," Drain, 2013
- Evan Senn, "Finding Value and Forgetting Names: Jenene Nagy," September 21, 2015